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The School of Economics also offers graduate courses leading to a Master of Science degree and in support of Ph.D. programs in management, public policy, industrial and systems engineering, and city and regional planning.

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  • On-job learning and human capital accumulation 

    Liu, Qinyi (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2018-05-11)
    The dissertation investigates the human capital accumulation through on-job learning. It has three empirical studies. The first two essays investigate skill accumulation through performing job tasks. The third one analyzes ...
  • Innovation and business strategy in healthcare markets 

    Zhai, Zhe (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2017-11-06)
    In the first chapter, we use patent and financial data from the pharmaceutical industry to examine the effects of international innovation on profitability and the channels through which the effects take place. Positive ...
  • A Study Comparing Economic Development and Human Development as Measures of Standard of Living 

    Oliverio, Gabrielle; Esmail, Nabil; Mehta, Prachi (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2017-12)
    There has been much debate as to which measure is best when studying economic development of a nation. Our cross-sectional study of originally 87 and then 150 countries in the year 2015 compares the Human Development ...
  • Investigating Clean Energy Consumption 

    Soogoor, Yash; Magee, Macon; O’Connell, Ryan (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2017-12)
    In order to provide insight into the factors that are related to the clean energy consumption of a nation, simple and multiple regression models were developed to assess the relationship between these factors. The simple ...
  • Economic Factors Contributing to Variations in Housing Prices in the U.S. 

    King, David; Pinto, Nick (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2017-12)
    As income inequality in the U.S. rises, a pattern of residential segregation becomes more apparent. This paper seeks to test if differences in education can account for variation in housing prices across zip codes. We have ...
  • Factors Explaining Average Life Expectancy: An Examination Across Nations 

    Maity, Akansha; Rhenman, Emelie; Sanders, Elijah (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2017-12)
    This paper analyzes the health across several countries worldwide. Data was collected from the World Health Organization as well as the World Bank. The data sets collected contain variables for nation population, GNI per ...
  • Education Expenditure and Average Income in Countries Around the World 

    Nelms, Abbie; Sears, Katie Lynn (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2017-12)
    This study investigates the relationship between government expenditure in education and growth measured through gross domestic product per capita. The other variables that were considered include unemployment rate, foreign ...
  • Exploring the Relationship Between Household Income and High School Graduation Rates in Georgia Counties 

    Allen, Ashley; De Vierno, Ida; Pourchet, Emilie (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2017-12)
    To better understand the factors that contributed to the rise in high school graduation rates between 2008 and 2015, this study explored the relationship between average household income and average four-year graduation ...
  • Analyzing the Gender Disparity in Education between Developed and Developing Countries 

    Gautam, Rahul; Reining, Alexander; Holasek, Krystopher (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2017-12)
    Even with all the progress women have made in the modern era, we wanted to see how gender inequality persisted in the educational sphere, particularly when categorizing nations by development. To do this, we obtained data ...
  • Innovation, product quality, complexity, and duration of international trade 

    Yan, Sen (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2017-07-20)
    Factors affecting products arrive and duration in international market are examined. Intellectual property rights (IPR) and innovation are suggested to influence exports of new products. Product quality and complexity are ...
  • Innovation in the biopharmaceutical industry 

    Kamada, Vitor (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2017-06-26)
    Three aspects of the drug development process are little understood in the literature: 1) which type of organization has comparative advantage in conducting clinical trials, firms or nonprofit organization (NPOs)?; 2) what ...
  • The Relationship Between Annual GDP Growth and Income Inequality: Developed and Undeveloped Countries 

    Luan, Zeyao; Zhou, Ziyi (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2017-04)
    The hypothesis is that there exists a linear relationship between income inequality and annual GDP growth rate. When the GDP growth rate decreases, the income inequality also decreases. The researchers measured this across ...
  • GDP versus Manufacturing Output: Proof of Movement of Standardized Processes 

    Matute, Athena (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2017-04)
    Since the early 2000’s there has been a decline in the share of labor in manufacturing in most developed countries around the world. Using World Bank data sets that include information on rich, middle, and poor nations, ...
  • Economic Patterns in Voting 

    Bland, Robert L.; Little, S. Grace (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2017-04)
    After the controversial election of 2016, many questions were left unanswered by traditional polling and prediction standards. Our paper aims to examine economic and demographic behaviors that drive voting patterns in three ...
  • Economic Factors Affecting Homelessness in the United States 

    Braiterman, Shira; Jacobs, Ryan; Murray, Shannon (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2017-04)
    As the cost of housing in the United States rises while wages have stagnated, homelessness becomes a more pressing issue with every passing year. This paper seeks to identify economics characteristics, natural attributes, ...
  • Factors Explaining Life Satisfaction Across Countries 

    Denes, Julien; Koh, Jong Rak; Lee, Tim (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2017-04)
    The factors explaining the happiness level at large scale are still unclear and debated. In this paper, we discuss a potential causal relationship between wealth and life satisfaction at the national level. Using the Gallup ...
  • The Economic Impact of Research and Development 

    Surani, Sana; Gendron, Will; Maredia, Swati (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2017-04)
    To increase economic growth and productivity, countries often invest in research and development (R&D). This is often an indicative of a country’s dedication to science and technology. The broader literature suggests that ...
  • Is College Worth the Money? A Look on the Effects of Bachelor’s Degrees to the Unemployment Rate 

    Desai, Aatum; Gir, Sameer; Nohl, Adam (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2017-04)
    This paper aims to quantify the effect continuing with higher education after high school has on the unemployment rate. Fifty states were used as data points in this analysis to ascertain whether attending college greatly ...
  • A Study of How Individual School Characteristics Affect School Performance 

    Gallagher, Andrew; Hayes, Cavan; Parr, Nathaniel (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2017-04)
    According to the Georgia Department of Education, over 20 billion dollars are spent on public education in Georgia every year. Knowing this, it is critical to understand what factors have the largest impact on student ...
  • An Examination of the Economic Effects of the Winter Olympics 

    Jaramillo, Rebekah; Nicholson, John (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2016-11)
    The Olympic Games are one of the world’s largest sporting events with millions travelling to watch them in person and tens of millions more watching on television. These staggering figures underlie the debate over the ...

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